Li­brary to close for re­fur­bish­ing


The Nel­son City coun­cil has given the word on when Tahu­nanui’s Nightin­gale Li­brary memo­rial is to close for a planned re­fur­bish­ment.

The li­brary will shut up shop be­tween July 26 and Oc­to­ber 15 as work is un­der­taken to start a new chap­ter in the li­brary’s ser­vices.

It’s get­ting a $240,000 re­vamp, with Nel­son City Coun­cil con­tribut­ing $138,000 as al­lo­cated in its Long Term Plan ‘‘in recog­ni­tion of the com­mu­nity’s as­pi­ra­tions for Tahu­nanui’’.

The re­main­ing funds will come from the Nightin­gale Be­quest.

The li­brary will get new car­pet, new heat­ing and se­cu­rity sys­tems, have im­prove­ments made to its lobby, get paint­ing and var­nish­ing, and have a new ser­vice desk in­stalled.

There will also be re­con­fig­u­ra­tions made to both the staff room and the toi­lets, and a north side en­try ramp for greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity is set to be built.

Nel­son City Coun­cil Group Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Chris Ward said staff would be tem­po­rar­ily re­de­ployed to the Elma Turner and Stoke li­braries dur­ing the clo­sure.

He said they hoped to im­prove the li­brary’s ser­vices.

‘‘Users can ex­pect a more open and invit­ing com­mu­nity space at Nightin­gale Li­brary Memo­rial with ma­jor im­prove­ments hope­fully de­vel­op­ing a hub for the com­mu­nity,’’ Ward said.

‘‘Us­age varies widely by sea­son, with a small but steady num­ber in win­ter and a good num­ber of vis­i­tors com­ing in the sum­mer months.

‘‘This is why we are clos­ing dur­ing win­ter months, for min­i­mum dis­rup­tion of busi­ness.’’

Ward said they were hav­ing dis­cus­sions with other po­ten­tial lo­cal lo­ca­tions that might be able to house a low-key li­brary ser­vice on a tem­po­rary ba­sis dur­ing the clo­sure.

He said cus­tomers could also make use of the Stoke and Elma Turner li­braries.

The coun­cil has ad­vised that fur­ther de­tails on the plans for the clo­sure pe­riod, re­gard­ing both the re­fur­bish­ment and li­brary ser­vice, will be an­nounced as they be­come avail­able.

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